Unfolding Kafka Festival provides a platform for outstanding artistic trends in the field of contemporary art in Thailand. For the 2nd edition in 2017, the festival will be held in Bangkok during 3-22 November and in Chiang Mai during 24-25 November at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. The persistent fascination for the author Franz Kafka’s style and for his mysterious characters reveals and provides us with room for interpretation. In a natural and rational way, Kafka combines obscure and surreal scenarios with the real world. But, we intend to challenge our Thai audience to explore other interpretations of Kafka’s works through abstract and conceptual art. Conceived as a multidisciplinary approach, the Festival poses the question of how choreography, physical movements, installations, sculpture and visual art interact to address animalism, gender and identity, folding and unfolding material or bodies.
This November, among the panoply of unique performances from our programme, you need to come and live the immersive media/sound/performance experience by the internationally known Japanese artist, Hiroaki Umeda. Supported by the Japan Foundation, Umeda-san will perform “Holistic Strata” for solely 2 nights (Nov. 20th - 21st) at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Center for Dramatic Arts, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and a Southeast Asian premiere, “Duo”, on Nov. 24th at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai. On the same nights, presented as a double bill, you will also discover a unique young and talented solo artist, Roni Chadash, who’s coming is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Thailand. She will perform her creation “Goofy” where you will be amazed by the brilliant use of her physicality without allowing the audience to see her head through almost the whole piece. Then, on the Director’s Pick Night (Nov. 11th – 12th), we invite you to a special presentation (exclusively for Festival Pass Holders) at The Rose Hotel Bangkok to experience an intimate and “headless” encounter with her dance installation “NO-Body”.
In collaboration with the Goethe Institut Thailand, the festival offers also a wide variety of exhibitions and activities for those interested in visual art, graphic design and movies. From Nov. 3rd to 12th at Bangkok CityCity Gallery, the Berlin based Japanese visual artist, Yoko Seyama, will present for the first time in Southeast Asia her art installation “Saiyah #2.3”, where light folds and unfolds to continuously modify the surrounding space in various hues of colors. Then, on Nov. 7th and 8th at the Goethe Institut Thailand, the Head of the Filmmuseum Muenchen (Collections), Mr. Stefan Droessler will give a lecture in a convivial atmosphere, where we immerse ourselves into Kafka’s world and reality through excerpts of rare selected reconditioned silent films, with excerpts of his diaries, pictures from the places he lived in and cinemas he visited and clips of the movies he saw in the beginning of the 20th century. Finally, through the November and December (Nov. 3rd-Dec. 17th) in the Soi Goethe and at the Goethe Institut Thailand, don’t miss the exhibition “K: KafKa in KomiKs” where you can learn about Kafka’s dark universe through graphic artworks. This graphical narrative does not only serve an artistic and creative function. It makes the abstraction more visible, accessible and tangible, allowing both Kafka enthusiasts and new readers to experience and interpret him in their own way. We are offering special tours of the exhibition for groups of students/visitors to make the experience instructive and more comprehensible - even to the young.
For more details about the whole programme and venues, visit our website : www.unfoldingkafkafestival.com
To get your festival pass 1650 THB (only 100 left) or for more information concerning tours of the exhibition for groups of students/visitors, contact us at : email@example.com